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Hi I'm Christian

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or to those who are more familiar with the term, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the only true and living church with whom the Lord said, "I am well pleased". I was born and raised in Utah, but moved to San Jose, California when I was 15, and lived there till I was 22 and moved back to Utah. I was born into the Church, and lived its teachings, but fell into activity when I was 19. I struggled with depression and alcoholism, and all the side effects of not having the companionship of the Spirit in my life. I met my a wonderful girl and she was my best friend. We were married in September of 2005. She was a great strength to me, and finally in June of 2010 we were sealed for time and all eternity in the Jordan River Utah Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been asked many times why I am a Mormon and if I find the "rules" to be too strict. Friends, coworkers, and others have scoffed at my beliefs, and don't understand how you can have fun without drinking, how you can know you want to be with one person for the rest of your life unless you have slept with many people. I have spent my time away from the Church, and I have put myself at a distance from the Spirit. I have never felt that sin is freedom. It is a curse, and a burden. I feel truly free when I live the commandments and am worthy of the Spirit of the Lord. There is a peace and happiness that comes from being good, from being worthy of his companionship. I would never want to life without the blessings of this Church. I love my wife and children, and although life brings sadness and death, we will always be a family. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. He has paid the full price for my sins and mistakes. He understands the pain and sorrow that I have, and will ever experience because he has been there. He felt it, lived it, and endured it throughout his own life, and in the agony of Gethsemane and the cross. He is my perfect friend, and in Him is the redeeming power of his Atonement. I can be clean from every single mistake, sin, offence, and flaw through Him. I don't believe out of blind faith. I believe because I have personally witnessed the miraculous power of Christ's Atonement in my life as he has transformed me from a depressed, suicidal person, into a person who, despite still struggling with life's many burdens and struggles, is filled with the happiness that only can come from the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and from the blessings that can only be found through the saving ordinances of His Holy Priesthood, bestowed in holy temples. I bare my witness that He lives, and this is His Church. Joseph Smith, Jr. was his prophet, and as in the days of Moses, we are lead by a living prophet today. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I love the quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "I know of no sign on the doors of our meetinghouses that says, ‘Your testimony must be this tall to enter.’” I have struggled many times in my 33 years to be perfect. But we cannot be perfect in this life. The Lord does not ask us to be perfect; he asks us to be worthy. I am far from perfect, but I try to remain worthy by living the principals of the Gospel. I am an IT Specialist in my ward, and have served as an Elders Quorum Secretary and teacher. I enjoy teaching the Gospel and bringing the Spirit into whatever role I serve in the Church.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Christian
The Lord will always answer his childrens prayers. The Spirit will testify to you the truthfulness of the Gospel long before you finish reading The Book of Mormon. Ask Him with all your heart, and He will testify of its truthfulness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Christian
We believe that Jesus Chris is the son of God. We believe that he came to save us from our imperfections and our sins. He died for us so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. He is our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Christian
Study the scriptures and pour our your heart to him in prayer. He will listen. As he answers your prayers you will feel of his love for you. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Christian
We do believe the Bible to be the word of God. We live by its teachings. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Christian
The Church is a non-profit organization. We are asked to donate of our income to help provide a means to run the day to day operations of the church. The income is used to build new meeting houses, help missionaries survive while away from home, and many other needs. Our clergy are not paid, they are all volunteer. In the ancient days, the Prophet Abraham paid tithing to Melchizedek , the same king mentioned in Genesis 14:18. Many other faiths practice tithing. My father in law was a southern Baptist and paid 10% for years. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Christian
The term was used by non-members of the church back in the mid 1800's to identify members of the Church. The got this from the title of The Book of Mormon. It was originally used in a negative way, and the name stuck ever since. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Christian
There are many misconceptions about the Church. The belief that we are a 'cult' is mostly a misunderstanding about the sacred covenants and ordinances that we perform in the Temple. They are not secretive or cultist, but they are sacred. We invite all people to be baptized, live the commandments of the Lord, and come to the Temple and partake of the blessings that are there to enjoy. Show more Show less